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Goodbye, Wordpress. Hello, Kajabi!

Oct 25, 2017

Hey, folks!

Welcome to the new and improved Todd.LIVE site!  ‘Powered by Kajabi.

Yes, that’s right.  I have left Wordpress for Kajabi.

What does that mean, exactly?

It means that this site that you are now on is entirely on the Kajabi platform.  Aside from my email integration, which is with ConvertKit (unless we decide later to go full-Kajabi), everything about this website is Kajabi.

What is Kajabi, exactly?

Well, I have no idea what ‘Kajabi’ actually means - I can only guess that they made up a cool word that they could get the domain for.  But it doesn’t really matter.

What is important, as far as I can see, is what Kajabi is, and what I believe it is going to do for me in simplifying my life.

We’ll get into that later.

First, let’s discuss the Todd.LIVE Wordpress site.

Todd.LIVE on Wordpress

Just like everyone else, when I decided to build the website for Todd.LIVE, I knew I’d use Wordpress.  In fact, it didn’t even occur to me to consider any other platforms.

So just as the herd does, I found someone who is awesome to build the Todd.LIVE Wordpress site, and we began to build it.

Side note:  I don’t build my own sites - I don’t have the time and patience for it, and I’d much rather let someone who does this all the time handle it, as they will know the latest tips and tricks to get the job done quickly and properly.

People that have given me feedback on the Todd.LIVE site love the site.  In a lot of ways, I love it, too.

But…

I also don’t like it a lot, too.  

This has nothing to do with the build quality, though.  This has to do with my desire to cram too much into a site.  There was just too much going on.

What Was I Going for with My Wordpress Site?

Well, for openers, I do podcasting AND live streaming video.  So I felt like I needed separate pages for each.

And, within podcasting and live video, I might have different shows, so I felt like I needed separate pages for each different show.

Then I had a page for blog entries.  Then I had a resources page.  And a products page.  And a store page.  And…

I mean, it was just too much.  

It was too much for the people visiting.  It was too much for me to manage.  It was ridiculous, actually.

So what ended up happening?

What ended up happening was that I never managed the site.  I didn’t do anything with the site.  I’d try every so often, but then quickly phase out.

Basically, I gave myself something to work with that was just too much to deal with.  

I gave my audience something to visit and enjoy that was just too much to deal with.

I can’t have either.

And I’ve known this for awhile, and I didn’t do anything about it until I started hearing about Kajabi.

What is Kajabi?

Kajabi is a website hosting platform all-in-one sort of a service.  A paid service, just so you know.

The basic plan is $129 and that is what I’m currently enrolled in.

Kajabi isn’t anywhere near as advanced as Wordpress and the tens of thousands of plugins available for Wordpress.

Kajabi is much simpler than all of that.

Which is what I’m looking for.

There are things that you give up by going with Kajabi, but simplicity is the hook.

That, and that Kajabi is build for digital marketers to have a place where it is very easy to 1) manage your site 2) draw people into the site 3) keep people there 4) while adding quality content and 5) building your email list and 6) installing and selling your online digital courses, and 7) managing and nurturing your email list and customer list.

Now, that may be a simplified version of what Kajabi is, but that is what it is to me, and that is what I’m looking for at this point in my online endeavors.

That can all be had in Wordpress.  I know this.  

And I didn’t have to ditch my Wordpress site, which I paid to build, to get what I wanted.

But quite honestly, after hearing from enough people that I admire greatly about how much they were enjoying Kajabi, I knew I had to transition.

I heard about how Kajabi hosts your website.  I heard that Kajabi allows you to use your own domain.  I heard about how low the fees were with Kajabi - technically, they aren’t fees to Kajabi.  Instead, they are the standard Stripe fees.  So when you sell something, you aren’t getting bent over left and right.

So this all looked good.

The people that I had heard from that were having a great experience with Kajabi included Cliff Ravenscraft of the Podcast Answer Man, Coach Jennie of Hilda, Kendra Wright of the Year of Fear, and video professional and coach James Wedmore.  Among others.

I follow Kajabi on Instagram.  I am part of the private Kajabi Facebook group.  I see all the love so many people have for Kajabi.  I hear about how well it works for them.  

I was seeing and hearing this stuff daily.

And then in late August, 2017, I get invited into a free 28-day Kajabi bootcamp where I can build landing pages, squeeze pages, a sales funnel, and offer a lead magnet and a potential product.

I was already sold prior to receiving that offer, but I was putting off moving to Kajabi because I thought it would be a pain in the ass.

But I jumped in, and I’ve not looked back.  

However, not everything has been roses.  I’ll discuss.

My Experience with Kajabi So Far

The Kajabi boot camp was awesome.  Co-founders Kenny and Travis guide the attendee through a series of projects designed to walk you through most of what Kajabi has to offer, in a fashion that makes sense for a 28 day journey.

So, it’s not terribly in-depth.  Which is the way it needs to be done, because otherwise it could run some people off.

The fact is, Kajabi was built with the idea that the person using it can build their own custom site within Kajabi, and to do it with ease.

And from what I can gather, they have done that for the most part.

But that doesn’t mean it’s going to be a breeze, either.

To master Kajabi and what it has to offer, you have to have the time to learn it.  It’s not hard.  It just takes time.

Well, time is a premium in my life, as I have a family with two children.  And a business I’m trying to build.  

I don’t have time for teaching myself how to build a site within Kajabi.

I started to do it on my own, but I felt that I was spending too much time on trivial details about the site.  

So I found someone that I could hire that is very good with Kajabi, and who is very good at working with entrepreneurs, so working with her has been fantastic.

What you are seeing is the work of two great minds coming together to straighten my web presence up to make it fun and easy for my visitors, as well as making it fun and easy for myself.

What Are Your Thoughts?  Good?  Bad?  Smart?  Dumb?

Please tour my website and I bring on the feedback.  I’d love to know what’s working for you, as well as what is not.

One of the big things for me is to have all videos, all podcasts, and all blog posts - really - all of my content, under one blog title in chronological order with the newest at the top.  

I really don’t want to have to keep 7 or 8 separate page sections fresh.  One is enough.

And with this, you’ll always be in the know with what is going on at Todd.LIVE.  No need to run all over my site to see what’s available.

Hey, thanks for being here with me.  Thanks for looking over the site to see what I’ve got going on here.  

Be sure to sign up to get notified of happenings at Todd.LIVE, and email me anytime.  I respond to everyone.

For more thoughts on my Kajabi move, see the video below!

Cheers!

Todd

 

 

 
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